Several towns have reported seeing a spike in car break-ins.
Berlin police warned residents on Tuesday after 27 cars were broken into between June 11 and June 19.
They also said a car was stolen.
Police said many of them were the result of unlocked cars. Three juvenile males were arrested for burglarizing cars in the area on June 17.
In East Windsor, a man who wanted to be identified as James said his morning routine was interrupted when he saw a thief rummaging through his wife’s car.
“The door was wide open and he was sitting on the front seat. He looked up, he saw me,” James said.
He said he ran out of his house, and even threw his coffee cup, hoping to hit the thief, but the mug shattered and the thief got away.
James said he wrote down the suspect’s license plate and police spotted his SUV. They chased him for a while but stopped once it became too dangerous for the public.
East Windsor police said car break-ins, and even thefts, are on the rise especially around Prospect Hill Drive, Broad Street, and Cricket Road.
Police in Vernon said car thefts and burglaries are skyrocketing too. Normally there is about one or two car thefts a month, but in June there have been 11.
“Just about every case the cars have been unlocked with the keys inside the car. So we would strongly encourage people to keep their cars locked while they're outside in their driveways,” said Vernon Police Lt. William Meier.
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